February 3, 2017

Souper Bowl of Caring Comes to South Kansas City

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KC’s Souper Bowl dreams focus on providing food for those in need 

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Although the Chiefs did not make it to the Super Bowl this year, community members in South Kansas City are gathering for their own Souper Bowl of Caring in support of the Red Bridge Food Pantry.

Community members are invited to bring non‐perishable food or monetary donations and join their neighbors for a celebration and meal at First Baptist Church of Kansas City Missouri, 100 W. Red Bridge Road, on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Collection of items begins at 3:00 PM, with a community dinner being served from 5:00 – 6:45 PM.

Every dollar and food item donated during South KC Souper Bowl of Caring goes straight to hunger‐relief efforts at both the Red Bridge Food Pantry, located inside First Baptist Church of Kansas City Missouri, on the corner of Wornall and Red Bridge, and Community Assistance Council, serving the greater South KC area.

Most needed items include canned vegetables and fruit, canned soups, mac and cheese, red beans and rice, cereal, granola bars, peanut butter, rice, jelly, flour, and corn bread/muffin mix.

The national Souper Bowl of Caring movement began as a simple youth group project in Columbia, South Carolina in 1990 and has grown into a national organization uniting people of all ages and backgrounds to use the time around the Super Bowl to fight hunger and poverty.

The idea for the South KC Souper Bowl Caring arose during the region’s first Hunger Summit led by Episcopal Community Services. “I have worked with Souper Bowl of Caring for several years in Dallas and Houston, and I am excited to see South KC come together for what I hope becomes an annual event,” Beau G. Heyen, President/CEO of Episcopal Community Services, stated following a recent planning meeting. “Kansas City is known for being a community of compassionate neighbors. This event is our way to join together in celebration of that spirit.”

South KC Souper Bowl of Caring is supported by First Baptist Church of Kansas City Missouri, First Church of the Nazarene, Red Bridge Church of Christ, St. Peter & All Saints Episcopal Church, and St. Thomas More Catholic Church, in partnership with Community Assistance Council and Episcopal Community Services.

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